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October 15, 2020 2 min read

OCT 15, 2020

Apple Crisp Shortbread Bars

As you pick those apples off the branches at the orchard, you might wonder - what can I do with all these? Well, you can make apple crisp shortbread bars and so many other wonderful apple treats.

Makes 9 - 16 squares


Shortbread layer

1/2 cup unsalted butter

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 1/4 cups all purpose flour


Apple layer

4-5 medium peeled, cored and thinly sliced apples

1 Tbsp lemon juice

2 Tbsps all purpose flour

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 tsp cinnamon


Crumble layer

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup all purpose flour

1 tsp cinnamon

6 Tbsp unsalted butter, cubed


  1. Shortbread crust- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line and grease a 8x8" or 9x9" with parchment paper.

  2. In a medium bowl, mix the butter and sugar until smooth Add vanilla and continue mixing until dough resembles a crumble. Press the dough evenly along the bottom of the line pan. Bake for 12-14 minutes until dough rises a bit. Then cool.

  3. Apple layer - In a large bowl, mix your prepared apple slices with the lemon juice, flour, brown sugar and cinnamon. Pour this mixture onto the baked shortbread crust and spread evenly.

  4. Crumble layer- In a small bowl, mix the crumble layer and sprinkle over the apple layer.

  5. Bake at 350°F for 40-45 minutes or until the apples bubble an the top is golden. Once ready, remove, cool and cut into bars.

  6. Enjoy!

Olivia is a home baker in Ottawa, ON. She's passionate about incorporating local ingredients and highlighting them in her baked goods. She strives to create intriguing recipes and constantly challenges herself to expand her skillset.

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